Doug Hoppes Studio

Williston, VT

Age: 50

  Physicist. Software Engineer. Rock Climber and outdoor enthusiast. An artist. What do all of these things have in common? Some people may say "Nothing". Some people may say "Everything". Being able to travel the world for most of my life (as an army "brat" and a software consultant), my perspective about the world around me has been greatly influenced by those travels. Every country has their own set of colors and styles. There is a different feel to every city and countryside. My various careers have given me an appreciation for the simple symmetry present in everything. 

What does this mean for my art? Simple. My art is a reflection of my optimism and the way that I see the world around me. It's a colorful and playful world. Many times, my patrons comment on how my paintings are "fun". The colors that I choose and the interesting way that I mix my shapes with the landscapes lets them envision a slightly different reality than the traditional landscape painting.

My paintings are not social commentaries or reflections of the underside of life. My goal for a painting is to make someone smile. I price my paintings so that the average person could have an original in their house. When they come home, I want them to look at one of my paintings, feel happy, and realize that life is pretty good. I want the paintings to be a focus of conversation. When a friend visits one of my patrons, I want conversations to start about the story of the painting, how they interpret the painting, how they love the colors and playfulness of the painting.

How do I achieve this? With a mixture of fun when I'm drawing and playfulness when I'm painting. I always start out with a concept drawing. The "squiggly" lines in my sketchbook turn into various landscape features such as trees, rocks, water, etc. Once I'm happy with my drawing and find it interesting, I search my plein-air paintings (paintings done outside) or photographs to find some of the basic landscape structures. From there, I begin working on my studio painting. For a studio painting, I use a method called alla-prima mass painting. This is a painting done in one session (or two at the most) and, rather than paint individual landscape features, I paint the basic shapes of the features. The more I define the shapes, the more realistic the landscape looks.

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